|Jefferson the fop|
We've actually had worse elections than this one. Like when a number of states secede because they don't like the results. Probably the worst was the election of 1800. This was a battle between two people now revered as founding fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. In reality, both were vain and despicable men. It's really hard to decide which of two was worse.
Adams, who was President at the time, was jailing his critics in the press, thanks to the Alien and Sedition Act. The Naturalization Act of 1798 required an immigrant to reside in this country for 14 years before getting citizenship, and even then, you had to be a property owner before you could vote. Jefferson called Adams "vain, irritable and a bad calculator of the force and probable effect of the motives which govern men."
|Jefferson as man of the people ... |
white people with property
Both Adams and Jefferson were intensely jealous of and launched covert attacks at George Washington, the one man who really did stand apart from the others. Adams sniped that Washington fancied himself the "moral pope." Jefferson refused to attend Washington's memorial service.
Jefferson vowed to repeal the Judiciary Act under which the courts functioned. That was his way of taking care of activists judges.
The 1800 election destroyed the Federalist party, leading to one-party rule over the next 24 years. During that time, every state added to the union was a slave state.
Our government was a mess then and remains a mess today. Neither John Adams nor Thomas Jefferson can claim any moral superiority over either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. They were scoundrels now revered as founding fathers. I suspect that, 200 years from now, if we still exist, Trump and Clinton will look much better than they do now.